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Gilpin Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)


An American heirloom famed for its storing ability. Also known as Carthouse, Romanite, Roman Knight, Dollars and Cents.

This spreading tree is precocious, vigorous, hardy, and resistant to all major diseases. It blooms late, avoiding most frosts. All it needs is some attentive pruning and thinning to keep it annual.

The apple is smallish, striped red over a yellow background. While some tasters find the fruit unremarkable, others note that it does not develop full flavor until it has been stored for several months. And a remarkably long storage life is Gilpin's claim to fame; it was once the yardstick against which the storability of other apples was measured, and it was valued as a dessert apple to be served into spring. Gilpin hangs well on the tree and is also an excellent apple for baking and cider, producing a rich juice that is classified as bittersweet. There's not much this apple can't do; it would be a wonderful homesteading tree.

William Coxe was first to notice Gilpin; in 1817 he wrote: "It is highly esteemed for its excellence as a table apple, late in the spring, and as a good cider fruit. It is a most abundant bearer, and hangs on the tree very late in the season. The tree is hardy; of a handsome, open, spreading, and vigorous growth . . . not fit for eating until mid-winter, when it becomes juicy, tender, and fine flavored."

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. These prices are for regular scion. Add $1 for clean scion.

Quantity Gilpin Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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$12.00 ea.

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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This spreading tree is precocious, vigorous, hardy, and resistant to all major diseases. It blooms late, avoiding most frosts. All it needs is some attentive pruning and thinning to keep it annual.

The apple is smallish, striped red over a yellow background. While some tasters find the fruit unremarkable, others note that it does not develop full flavor until it has been stored for several months. And a remarkably long storage life is Gilpin's claim to fame; it was once the yardstick against which the storability of other apples was measured, and it was valued as a dessert apple to be served into spring. Gilpin hangs well on the tree and is also an excellent apple for baking and cider, producing a rich juice that is classified as bittersweet. There's not much this apple can't do; it would be a wonderful homesteading tree.

William Coxe was first to notice Gilpin; in 1817 he wrote: "It is highly esteemed for its excellence as a table apple, late in the spring, and as a good cider fruit. It is a most abundant bearer, and hangs on the tree very late in the season. The tree is hardy; of a handsome, open, spreading, and vigorous growth . . . not fit for eating until mid-winter, when it becomes juicy, tender, and fine flavored."


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Disease-Resistant, Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider, baking, storage, jelly, sauce
Cider classification: bittersweet
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: United States
Introduced in: 1819
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Oct 20 (approximate, in New York State) + 35 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Resistant
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Fireblight: Resistant
Perennial Canker:
Powdery Mildew: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 5
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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